Current Board of Directors             Recent Board of Directors
                                                        James Hart, MD, (2011-17) and Paula Richey, (2008-17)    

Damon Anderson, CPA Julie Bluhm, MSW, LICSW Victoria Bomba Coifman, Ph. D. Abby Dawkins, LICSW Melanie Ferris, MPH Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D. Edward H. Hamm Edward H. Hamm, Jr. (Teddy) Kelley O’Neill Dina M. Rauker, Psy.D., LP Henry Stokman Mark Sundby, M.Div., Ph.D., LP Elizabeth L. Wittenberg, JD, LICSW

Damon Anderson, CPA

Mr. Anderson was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in June 2017. He serves on the Finance and Development Committee. Damon currently is the Interim Chief Financial Officer at Certus, MFG. Certus Manufacturing is a startup business utilizing innovation and strategic partnerships to become a leader in the tire inflation and air vac industry. From 2007 - 2015 Damon worked at Cargill, Inc. in two different roles; as the Chief Financial Officer/Controller of Global IT and previously as the Director of Standards & Policies and Financial Measures & Analysis. Prior to this Mr. Anderson was an auditor with Ernst and Young, LLP in Minneapolis and Germany. He received his Bachelor of Accountancy degree at the University of North Dakota, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has been on the Board of Trustees, and serves as the Treasurer of Voyageur Outward Bound Minnesota since 2008.

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Julie Bluhm, MSW, LICSW

Ms. Bluhm was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in June 2016. Julie is Treasurer for the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors and serves on the Finance and Development Committee. Currently she is the Director of Medical Administration at Hennepin Health, Hennepin County, Human Services and Public Health. She has worked there since 2013. She provides oversight of the Hennepin Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Care Model, leadership to the development and implementation of care coordination, works across systems to ensure seamless care, acts as a spokesperson to external organizations, and participates in national policy change.  From 2010-2013 she was the Program Director at Volunteers of America Minnesota Avanti Center for Girls, overseeing the day-to-day management of the children’s residential treatment center. 2008-2010 Ms. Bluhm was the DBT Program Coordinator and Mental Health Therapist at Volunteers of America Minnesota, Mental Health Clinics, coordinating the Adolescent DBT Intensive Outpatient Program and providing individual, couple and family therapy from 2005-2008. Ms. Bluhm worked at Genesis II for Families, Inc. as Supervising Clinical Therapist and from 2003-2008 Julie worked as Patient Advocate/Outreach Specialist at Broadway Family Medicine Residency Clinic. She received her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of MN, Family Social Science in 2000 and her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of MN, School of Social Work in 2005. Since 2014 she serves as President of the Board of Directors for the River Park Loft Condominium in St. Paul, MN and was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Alternatives to Marriage Project from 2006-2008. She received the Champion Award in the 2015 Minnesota Business Magazine Health Care Leadership Awards.

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Victoria Bomba Coifman, Ph. D.

Dr. Coifman was elected to the Board of Directors in December 2009. She is the chair of the Board Graduate Education and Research Committee. Presently Dr. Coifman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of MN.  She has been on the Graduate Faculty, Department of History since 1983.  Dr. Coifman received her BA from Mundelein College (now Loyola University) of Chicago, IL in June 1959 with honors in History.   She received her MA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1961, Department of History. She received her Doctorate in 1969 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of History. Dr. Coifman speaks French, reads Portuguese, Wolof, and Arabic. From 2005-2007 Dr. Coifman was Faculty Advisory for SPAN Senegal and in Sept. 2004 she helped plan and participated in a visit of President and Mme Wade of Senegal for Honorary Degrees at the UMN and signing of an accord between Senegal and the University. From October 2000 - March 2002 Dr. Coifman received a Fulbright Fellowship for Research in Guinean and Teaching at the Univ. of Conakry, Guinea. Dr. Coifman has done professional presentations in the U.S., Guinea, Senegal, Lille France, and Leiden Netherlands. Dr. Coifman has authored several publications.

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Abby Dawkins, LICSW

Ms. Dawkins was elected as a member of the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in December 2009. She is a member on the Finance and Development Committee. She previously served as Vice President, was a member on the Executive Committee, the former Planning Committee, and on the Board Graduate Education and Research Committee. Ms. Dawkins is a graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, MN and received her BA in English in 1960. Ms. Dawkins was a Hamm Clinic trainee in Clinical Social Work.  She earned her Masters in Social Work in 1977 from the University of MN and her LICSW in 1989. She has been a Certified Divorce and Child Custody Mediator since 1990, and has provided services to the Mediation Center at Hamline University since 1983. She has been in private practice since 1986 serving children, adolescents and adults. Ms. Dawkins provided individual, couple and group counseling from 1992-1997 with the St. Paul Police Department Employee Assistance Program, and case management work from 1987-1992 at the St. Paul Rehabilitation Center. From 1986-1988 Ms. Dawkins was a parent educator at Work and Family Resources, worked in Children’s Placement Services at Amherst H. Foundation from 1977-1986, and was the Clinical Director at Wilder Juvenile Horizons from 1983-1986. Ms. Dawkins has served on several Board of Directors, including Health Start, Face to Face Health and Counseling Clinic (President of the Board 1987-89), National Association of Social Workers, MN Society for Clinical Social Workers, Planned Parenthood, Parents Anonymous of MN, Home Services Association, Greater St. Paul Child Care Coordinating Council, Capitol Community Services and the Junior League of St. Paul. She is a member of Unity Unitarian Church and has been a volunteer with the elderly in their homes since 2004.

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Melanie Ferris, MPH

Ms. Ferris was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in June 2015. She is the Vice President of the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors, is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board Graduate Education and Research Committee.   Ms. Ferris is a Research Scientist at Wilder Research, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, MN since 2006. She manages a portfolio of applied research and evaluation projects focused primarily in the areas of public health and children’s mental health. Ms. Ferris has worked with local nonprofit organizations, Foundations, county departments, and state agencies to conduct community needs assessments, process evaluations that focus on program implementation and system changes, and research projects that examine changes in individual outcomes and program impact. She is experienced using a variety of qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches, working within collaborative stakeholder groups, and assisting programs in using evaluation results to guide program improvement. She has authored more than 50 research reports and briefs prepared through Wilder Research.

Before joining Wilder Research, Ms. Ferris worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness informing legislators on mental health issues, and as a case coordinator for adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. She is a member of the Health Impact Assessment Coalition 2013-present, appointed member of the Environmental Health Tracking and Biomonitoring Advisory Panel 2012-present, past participant in the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee, Mental Health workgroup 2012-13, past peer reviewer for the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research in 2012, past member of the Bottineau Corridor Health Impact Assessment Advisory Committee 2011-2012, and past Co-chair of the Minnesota Public Health Association Policy and Advocacy Committee 2008-2012. Ms. Ferris earned her Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health in 2006, and a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN in 2000.

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Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D.

Dr. Gearity was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in September 2012. She is a member of the Board Graduate Education and Research Committee. She is a licensed clinical social worker, serving in private practice since 1987 in Minneapolis, MN and on the Community Faculty of the University of MN, School of Social Work teaching the Advanced Practice with Children and Adolescents since 1991 and the Advance Practice with Adults since 2010. Since 2010 she has taught Child Development Didactics at the University of MN, Child Psychiatry. Dr. Gearity was awarded Teacher of the Year 2010-2011 from the University of MN, and clinical supervisor for Fellows since 2010. Dr. Gearity is faculty and coordinator of Intervention sequence of the University of MN, IECMH certificate program. Since 1996 she has been a clinical consultant at the Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis, MN and since 2010 a consultant to early childhood special education programs at Wayzata, Hopkins and St. Louis Park school districts. Dr. Gearity has presented several workshops, most recently (2011) the MN Round Table, University of MN, Innovation for Children Welfare, Developmental Repair: applications for children in child welfare, published in 360/Child Welfare Review.

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Edward H. Hamm

Mr. Hamm is a member of the Hamm family and served on the board of the Hamm Foundation. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1995 and serves on the Governance Committee. Mr. Hamm currently resides in Hobe Sound, Florida.

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Edward H. Hamm, Jr. (Teddy)

Mr. Hamm is a member of the Hamm family, and joined the Board of Directors of Hamm Clinic in March 2007. He is a member of the Governance Committee. Mr. Hamm is the Vice President of Maxum Insurance. He has served on several boards, including The Northland Company, Maxum Indemnity, and Northern Star Foundation. Mr. Hamm received his History and History of Art Degree at Brown University and he currently resides in Hobe Sound, Florida.

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Kelley O’Neill

Mr. O’Neill is among four of the Hamm family members who incorporated the Hamm Clinic in 1989. For several years he served on the Hamm Family Board of Directors for the Hamm Clinic. In 2005 Mr. O’Neill returned as a community Board Director of Hamm Clinic. Mr. O’Neill began sheep farming in 1975 on his family farm and established Sheep Improvement Company in 1995 in Rushford, MN.

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Dina M. Rauker, Psy.D., LP

Dr. Rauker was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in December of 2014. She is a member of the Governance Committee. Dr. Rauker is a consulting psychologist with a human development and business perspective. She received her Doctor of Psychology Degree from St. Thomas University and completed an internship at Hamm Clinic. Dr. Rauker is an Associate Client Partner with Korn/Ferry International. She has previous experience as an independent consultant with YMCA of the USA, Chicago, IL; Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Washington, DC; National Governors’ Association (NGA), Washington, DC; United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Washington, DC; and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC), Los Angeles, CA. She is currently a volunteer executive coach at The Impact Center and previously served as a Leadership Council Member for the American Psychological Association.

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Henry Stokman

Mr. Stokman was elected as a Hamm Clinic Board Director in June 2014. Henry is the President of the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Finance and Development Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Finance Committee and Development Committee and Treasurer. Henry grew up in Southern Minnesota, and received his BA in Finance and Mathematics from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. He has worked in consulting since graduation. Since 2011 Mr. Stockman has been the Director at Huron Consulting Group – Healthcare Practice. He is responsible for leading, managing, and delivering work for multi-team engagements in the Revenue Cycle practice for clients who range between $1billion to $10 billion in annual revenue. From 2007-2010 he was an Analyst-Associate at Huron Consulting Group/Stockamp & Associates where he was responsible for the data analytics, client management, and risk analysis. From 2010-2011 Mr. Stockman was the Lead Design Manager at MedeAnalytics Inc. – Healthcare Solutions where he assisted in the design, build-out, marketing, and implantation of MedeAnalytics new Patient Access Intelligence tool.

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Mark Sundby

Dr. Sundby was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in June 2017. He serves on the Finance and Development Committee. Mark previously served on the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors from 2013 - 2015. He has worked as Executive Director at LeaderWise (formerly North Central Career Development Center) in New Brighton, MN since 2000. At LeaderWise, Mark offers leadership development, consulting, and selection assessment services for businesses, both for profit and not-for-profit, as well as psychotherapy to the wider community. He previously worked as the Assistant Director of Counseling & Health Services at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, completed his predoctoral internship at the University of St. Thomas, and is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. In addition to his work in psychology, Mark is also an ordained minister in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, his M.Div. at The Divinity School, University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of MN. Previous community involvement includes serving on the boards for BeFriender Ministry, National Office, and for the Ministry Developmental Council of the National Council of Churches.

 

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Elizabeth L. Wittenberg, JD, LICSW

Ms. Wittenberg was elected to the Hamm Clinic Board of Directors in June 2011. She was elected in June 2014 as Secretary to the Board and served on the Board Graduate and Education Committee and Executive Committee. In December 2014 Ms. Wittenberg was elected Chair of the Governance Committee. Elizabeth received her BA in Political Science from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA in 1983 graduating Magna cum laude and with Departmental Honors. Ms. Wittenberg received her J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL in 1987 and worked for several years as an attorney. She attended the College of St. Catherine and University of St. Thomas, School of Social Work in St. Paul, MN and was awarded her MSW in 2007. From 1987-1991 Ms. Wittenberg was an assistant attorney at Dorsey & Whitney in Mpls., MN. From 1991-2005 she was an attorney at General Mills, Inc., Mpls., MN where she provided advice and counseling on a broad range of legal and management issues. She led the company’s corporate governance initiatives, Securities and Exchange Commission and New York Stock Exchange compliance, represented the company’s CEO and CFO in the SEC whistle-blower investigation, provided legal leadership in the company’s 2001 acquisition of The Pillsbury Company, and led the company-wide ethics and compliance program. From 2005-2006 she interned at Washburn Center for Children in Mpls., MN and provided a wide range of services to 3 and 4 year olds who have experienced or are at risk for abuse or neglect. In 2006-2007 Ms. Wittenberg was a clinical intern at Hamm Clinic, St. Paul, MN and a Post Graduate Psychotherapy Fellow from 2007 – 2010. From April 2010 – October 2010 she was a staff psychotherapist at Hamm Clinic, St. Paul, MN. She provided direct clinical service, diagnostic assessment, treatment planning and weekly psychotherapy to patients with a wide range of symptoms and clinical presentations. Since October 2010 Ms. Wittenberg has been in a private psychotherapy and consulting practice. She provides psychotherapy to clients with a diversity of conditions and diagnoses. She consults with businesses and organizations to improve workplace functioning using psychoanalytic principles and techniques of organizational development. She speaks and writes on mental health topics of interest to legal professionals. Ms. Wittenberg has a publication in the Psychoanalytic Social Work Journal 16:31-57 (2009) entitled, Siblings as self-objects: A Study of factors and consequences and also a publication in the Bench & Bar of MN, 111:21-24 (2011), entitled, Are Your Clients Making You Crazy? She has given several presentations intermingling legal and mental health, such as Life and the Law: Handling Stress in Tough Economic Times, Depression in the Legal Profession, and Resilience in a Stressful Profession.  She is a member of the MN Psychoanalytic Society and holds a current license to practice law in Minnesota. From 1997 to present, Ms. Wittenberg is a board member and holds leadership positions on the Council on Crime and Justice, Mpls., MN and since 2008 a Board member and Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, St. Paul, MN.

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